After reading a Sunset magazine article about Mendocino County in the mid-eighties, Edward and Deborah Wallo discovered a special place: a highland valley where the waters of the Russian and Navarro Rivers start and part, and where the giant coastal redwoods and valley oaks come together.
Intuitively convinced that such a place would foster complex and interesting grapes, they acquired a 110 acre ranch in Yorkville. There were already a few acres of neglected Sauvignon Blanc, but the quality of the small amount of fruit that these vines yielded was encouraging.
Edward and Deborah worked hard to restore those vines to fine, healthy plants. Then over the next few years, the vineyards were expanded to 30 acres. Their two estate vineyards are: Randle Hill Vineyard (Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon – Planted 1982 & 1989), and Rennie Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc – Planted 1990).
The vineyards have been CCOF certified as organic for over 25 years since 1986. Yorkville Cellars was among the first dozen or so vineyards to be certified in the state. No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers are used which earned the Wallo’s the prestigious “Masters of Organics” Award.
Every day is Earth Day at Yorkville Cellars. As renowned local botanist and horticulturist Luther Burbank said, “What a joy life is when you have a close working partnership with Nature.”
Yorkville Cellars is the only known winery to grow and produce all eight of the main Bordeaux grapes each as a varietal wine. All wines are made exclusively from certified organic estate grapes with typically less than 1,000 cases of each wine hand-crafted each vintage: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Carmenere, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, RICHARD THE LION-HEART and, ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE.
Yorkville Cellars Tasting Room is located on Highway 128 at Mile Marker 40.4 where everyone is invited to visit the Tasting Room set among the vineyards and to enjoy a picnic under the shady big oaks.